So what's the story with Saudi music? Other nations with conservative Muslim governments seem to still produce plenty of music. Egypt is a is a musical hotbed, Iraq and Iran consistently produce both traditional and pop hits. What's different about Saudi Arabia? Your opinions, conjectures, and facts are welcome on this topic.
In the meantime, I share this Saudi song with you, a live recording by Talal El Maddah (aka Talal Maddah) that is known only as "Song 1," because the title on the album appears in a language SoundRoots' crack team of translators just can't grasp.
[mp3] Talal El Maddah: "
From the 1990 album The Best of Talal El Maddah